The enthusiasm to bring the arts and science closer together, even to emphasize similarities, is rather peculiar, as they are so very different. They are not two cultures, as pronounced by C.P. Snow, but both are aspects of a common culture that includes industrial management, engineering, banking, architecture, economics, politics and sport. Yet the journal Nature has recently devoted 30 of its much sought after pages to just this link. I remain puzzled, even bemused, at the continuing efforts to show that art -- particularly the visual arts -- is very similar to science, both in content and in the creative processes involved.

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